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Dr. Bethany Fillers

Bethany Fillers

Director of Professional Learning, Rural LIFE

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Bethany Fillers is an educational leader and improvement specialist with fifteen years of experience in K-12 education, including leadership of a statewide improvement network of 19 school districts and 32 schools, Tennessee Department of Education literacy consultant, high school administrator, and middle school English Language Arts and math teacher. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and Master of Arts degree in Instructional Leadership from Tennessee Technological University. She received her Educational Specialist Degree from Lincoln Memorial University and her Doctorate in education from East Tennessee State University. She is also recognized as a change management and leadership expert through Catalyst:Ed, a national organization serving to unlock the collective expertise of the education sector to help organizations innovate, excel, and scale improvement across various contexts.


Our Rural LIFE Staff

Tracy Ballew

Dr. Tracy Ballew

Rural LIFE Coach

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Candace Carpenter-Herman

Candace Carpenter-Herman

Rural LIFE Coach

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Brooke Drinnon

Brooke Drinnon

Rural LIFE Coach

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Catherine Edwards

Dr. Catherine Edwards

Rural LIFE Coach

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Bethany Fillers

Dr. Bethany Fillers

Director of Professional Learning, Rural LIFE

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Sarah Kitzmiller

Sarah Kitzmiller

Rural LIFE Coach

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Richard Kitzmiller

Dr. Richard Kitzmiller

Vice President, Niswonger Foundation


John Payne

John Payne

Director of Technology and Innovation


Brittany Seybert

Brittany Seybert

Communication & Dissemination Coordinator

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Linda Stuart

Linda Stuart

Rural LIFE Coach

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Brandi Wilson

Brandi Wilson

Rural LIFE Coach

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